"In their fervor to "fix" homosexuals, practitioners of sexual conversion therapies have often overlooked or completely dismissed the possible psychological and social side effects of such treatments. Sexual Conversion Therapy: Ethical, Clinical and Research Perspectives works to counterbalance the clinical and ethical omissions of overzealous therapists who have appeared, at times, to focus on efficacy and outcome at the expense of their patients' well being. This book features first-person accounts of patients, including psychotherapists, who themselves have undergone treatments that include psychoanalysis, religious faith healing, and aversion therapy using electric shock. It also presents empirical research on conversion therapy from a consumer-centered perspective that sheds light on ethical issues."--Jacket
"Co-published simultaneously as Journal of gay & lesbian psychotherapy, v. 5, nos. 3/4, 2001."
Includes bibliographical references and index
What needs fixing?: an introduction / Ariel Shidlo, Michael Schroeder, Jack Drescher -- I'm your handyman: a history of reparative therapies / Jack Drescher -- The view from Irving Bieber's couch: "heads I win, tails you lose" / Paul Moor -- Excerpts from Cures: a gay man's odyssey / Martin Duberman -- Becoming gay: a personal odyssey / Richard A. Isay -- Healing homosexuals: a psychologist's journey through the ex-gay movement and the pseudo-science of reparative therapy / Jeffry G. Ford -- Cures versus choices: agendas in sexual reorientation therapy / A. Lee Beckstead -- Therapeutic antidotes: helping gay and bisexual men recover from conversion therapies / Douglas C. Haldeman -- Ethical issues in sexual orientation conversion therapies: an empirical study of consumers / Michael Schroeder, Ariel Shidlo -- Overview of ethical and research issues in sexual orientation therapy / Marshall Forstein -- Ethical concerns raised when patients seek to change same-sex attractions / Jack Drescher